Going on vacation this summer? There are a lot of things you have to think about — what you should pack, what you should do, which hotel you should stay at. But don’t forget about protecting your home while you’re gone! Here are some of our best vacation preparation tips for taking care of your biggest investment:
1. Consider a light switch timer. Rather than leaving your lights on the entire time you’re gone in an effort to convince would-be burglars that you’re home (Who leaves their lights on all night if they’re home?), think about purchasing a light switch timer. These allow you to choose when your lights are on and off. Set these times for the normal times that you’re awake and asleep. If someone’s watching the house, they’ll assume that a person is switching the lights off and on. Home Depot has some great options with a variety of prices.
2. Unplug all of your appliances. Plugged-in appliances such as microwaves, televisions and printers can use power, even when they’re not running. And there’s always the risk of an electric short. So, not only does unplugging appliances when you leave help prevent a potential electrical fire, it also helps you save on your electric bill.
3. Take care of your mail and newspapers. You can either have these services held while you’re on vacation, or have a friendly neighbor stop by the pick them up. Mail piling up in the mailbox and stacks of newspapers on your front porch are a